I don't know about anyone else, but I got given a lot of scare stories about SD, possibly to make me change my mind and go to hospital. If/when you get this spiel from your midwife, these links may be reassuring!
After I gave birth my husband went down to have a look at the placenta and my bits not sure why and his words (later of course) were it looked like a bomb had gone off!
I dont want this to scare anyone... despite the problems i had it was still an awesome experience and I would not change it...
they keep trying to scare me with this as well even though my middle son was larger (9lb 12) than my youngest (9lb 6) ; and anyway both were delivered with no problems in that regard. My bigger two practically pushed themselves out no problems whatsoever. I think it does depend on your build as opposed to just the predicted size/weight of the baby, and positioning is very important. I needed an episitomy with my first but the problem was my son came down too fast; way faster than they were expecting for a first baby (my husband had to practically drag the awol midwife back into the room as his head was clearly about to come out) yet due to the stupid position they had me in I hadn't dilated well at the actual entrance so to speak, and coupled with the fact my son's head had not moulded properly due to some extra bone at the back of his skull they had to do an episiotomy. My largest son; when he was born they managed it so well that while I tore slightly(well more like grazed which in some ways hurts more; ouch), people thought he'd been born by caesarean section; his face wasn't squashed at all and he looked pretty much as he does now a few hours after delivery.
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